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The practice of reform in health, medicine, and science, 1500-2000 [electronic resource] : essays for Charles Webster /
edited by Margaret Pelling, Scott Mandelbrote.
imprint
Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2005.
description
xv, 376 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0754639339
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Book
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imprint
Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2005.
isbn
0754639339
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
13444918
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-362) and index.
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The essays in this volume discuss the impact of religious and secular ideologies on ideas about the nature and organisation of health, medicine and science, as well as the effects of social and political institutions in shaping the possibilites for reform within medicine and science.
Long Description
Histories of medicine and science are histories of political and social change, as well as accounts of the transformation of particular disciplines over time. Taking their inspiration from the work of Charles Webster, the essays in this volume consider the effect that demands for social and political reform have had on the theory and, above all, the practice of medicine and science, and on the promotion of human health, from the Renaissance and Enlightenment up to the present. The eighteen essays by an international group of scholars provide case studies, covering a wide range of locations and contexts, of the successes and failures of reform and reformers in challenging the status quo. They discuss the impact of religious and secular ideologies on ideas about the nature and organization of health, medicine, and science, as well as the effects of social and political institutions, including the professions themselves, in shaping the possibilities for reform and renewal. The Practice of Reform in Health, Medicine, and Science, 1500-2000 also addresses the afterlife of reforming concepts, and describes local and regional differences in the practice and perception of reform, culminating in the politics of welfare in the twentieth century. The authors build up a composite picture of the interaction of politics and health, medicine, and science in western Europe over time that can pose questions for the future of policy as well as explaining some of the successes and failures of the past.
Main Description
Histories of medicine and science are histories of political and social change, as well as accounts of the transformation of particular disciplines over time. This volume considers the effect that demands for social and political reform have had on the theory and, above all, the practice of medicine and science, and on the promotion of human health, from the Renaissance and Enlightenment up to the present.
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This book considers the effect that demands for social and political reform have had on the theory and, above all, the practice of medicine and science, and on the promotion of human health, from the Renaissance and Enlightenment up to the present. The eighteen essays by an international group of experts provide case studies addressing the afterlife of reforming concepts, and describing local and regional differences in the practice and perception of reform, culminating in the politics of welfare in the twentieth century. The authors build up a composite picture of the interaction over time of politics and health, medicine, and science in Western Europe that can pose questions for the future of policy as well as explain some of the successes and failures of the past.
Table of Contents
Preface: 'For the improvement of all things' The instauration of the image of God in man: humanist anthropology, encyclopaedic pedagogy, Baconianism and universal reform
Harmony, health, and healing: music's role in early modern Paracelsian thought
The economy of magic in early modern England
Chemical medicine and Paracelsianism in Italy, 1550-1650
Politics, medicine, and masculinity: physicians and office-bearing in early modern England
A 'sanative contagion': Henry More on faith healing
William Petty and Anne Greene: medical and political reform in commonwealth Oxford
Between anatomy and politics: John Finch and Italy, 1649-71
The origins of the Royal Society revisited
The 'great projector': John Cary and the legacy of Puritan reform in Bristol 1647-1720
Medicine, race and radicalism in the later Scottish enlightenment
After the revolution: scientific language and French politics, 1795-1802
'Babies of the Empire': the evolution of infant welfare services in New Zealand and Britain in the first half of the 20th century
Hospitals, regions, and central authority: issues in Scottish hospital planning, 1947 to 1974
Hospital provision, resource allocation, and the early National Health Service: the Sheffield regional hospital board, 1947-74
International recruitment of nurses to the UK: the history of the Present
Professional status and professional regulation in the 1970s: the case of the Briggs Committee on nursing, and the Merrison Committee on the regulation of the medical profession
New social movement or government-funded voluntary sector? ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), science, and anti-tobacco activism in the 1970s
Select publications of Charles Webster
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